Quality Lives for People with Developmental Disabilities

Programs & Services

Support for Individuals

We are experts at helping people communicate when they cannot speak; become more mobile when they cannot walk; improve their capacity to participate in their own daily care and achieve personal goals. Our knowledge and experience, combined with technology, medical, educational and rehabilitative resources, enables the people we support to maximize their abilities, often beyond expectations.

Community Habilitation

Staff provide individualized skills training in the home and the community. The focus is on a person's strengths, their goals, and critical skills for development. This includes building skills and independence in the areas of self care, social skills, money management, life safety, household tasks, accessing resources in, and enjoying the community.  Please contact us to set up a meeting to discuss services.  Shannon R. Shapiro 914-224-3015 or waiverservices@richmondcommserv.org.

Respite

Caring for others, while rewarding, can also be exhausting. Family members who care for a loved one with a developmental disability can sometimes need a break. Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of care giving, which can help reduce overall family stress. This enables families to better meet the needs of their loved one with a developmental disability. Richmond provides site-based respite at our Mount Kisco location.  Please contact us to set up a meeting to discuss services.  Shannon R. Shapiro 914-224-3015 or waiverservices@richmondcommserv.org.

Community Pre-Vocational Services

This service prepares people for paid employment or unpaid meaningful activities in the community. It focuses on teaching pre-employment skills that will help the person to become as independent as possible in his/her path to become employed in the future. For people who are employed, this service will focus on teaching non-task related skills that will help the person to become a better employee. Such skills are to increase productivity, problem solve, acquire appropriate attitudes and work habits, among other areas to help excel in his/her job.  This service is renewed annually, based on the annual prevocational assessment and the needs of the person.  Please contact us to set up a meeting to discuss services.  Shannon R. Shapiro 914-224-3015 or waiverservices@richmondcommserv.org.

Supported Employment (SEMP) - ETP- EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

This program offers an opportunity for individuals to gain work experience through an on-the-job, a paid internship that will allow the person to step into a possible employment opportunity as an intern and if successful, the person will continue employment with the business the internship was established.  During this time, Interns are temporary State Employees are paid at minimum wage and are covered under the Workers' Compensation and General Liability Insurance through New York State.  People are supported by Richmond Community Services (RCS), as approved by OPWDD Regional Office- ETP Supervisor, in Career Discovery, Job Development and Intensive Job Coaching. Individuals that have been exposed to vocational training while in High School, have some work experience are ideal candidates for this service.  An ETP application must be completed in collaboration with RCS and must be submitted to and approved by the OPWDD Regional ETP Supervisor prior to starting services. 
 
Job Coaching & Job Retention 
Supportive Employment provides job coaching to individuals that are employed in the community.  Job Coaches are there to assist the individuals in training, conflict resolution with employers and to help them maintain their employment. Also, additional training on skill development outside the job is provided to help the person to advance in their current job or explore other employment interests.  Please contact us to set up a meeting to discuss services.  Shannon R. Shapiro 914-224-3015 or waiverservices@richmondcommserv.org

Residences

We offer a number of residential care options throughout Westchester, ranging from apartment style living to small houses. In each setting, our goal is to create a home where adults can continue to grow. We celebrate holidays and birthdays, manage doctor visits or physical therapy appointments, arrange outings into the community, and enjoy art, music or other recreational activities.  

Day Programs

At our facilities in Yonkers and Mt. Kisco, we address personal goals such as vocational training, the skills of daily living, health and exercise, and social skill development. We encourage participants to achieve their highest level of independence.

Self-Advocacy

We Are Self-Advocates:  We believe all people should be valued members of their community and exercise as much control over their own lives as possible. 
 
We are part of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State and the Hudson Valley Regional Self Advocacy Association; our local chapter is Independent Familia.
 
As participants in Open Doors, we decide what issues to focus on, such as creating more employment opportunities, getting out to vote and how to gain the advocacy skills needed to make our collective voices heard. We participate in lobbying in Albany, speak to outside groups, write letters to politicians, and raise money to support our activities. Richmond and its generous donors provide support, including transportation and staffing, so that we can attend regional and state meetings to work with other self-advocates, learning about issues, and receiving self-advocacy training.  To learn more, call (914) 471-4173 or email plapgliaro@richmondcommserv.org.
 

Environmental Modification Program (EMOD)

At no cost to the homeowner, families can make adaptations to their homes so their loved one can continue to live at home. We are experts at helping people receive funding from New York State to make modifications such as ramps, wider doorways, new bathrooms, kitchen adaptations, automatic door openers, chair or bed lifts, and even the conversion of entire rooms. We provide the architect and builder, and supervise the entire project.
 

Services for the Community

Advocacy and Education

RCS is aware that many people hold prejudices toward neighbors with developmental disabilities. To help combat ignorance, we regularly testify at public hearings, speak to outside groups, write letters to politicians and raise money to support our activities. We are committed to engaging the people we serve with the wider community. Richmond and its generous donors provide support including transportation and staffing so that we can attend regional and state meetings to meet peers, learn more about issues and opportunities, and receive advocacy training.
 

Education for Professionals

RCS offers learning and professional development opportunities for partners in Westchester who work with people with developmental disabilities.

Learn about this year’s educational opportunities.